Title: From Twinkle, with Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Published: May 22nd, 2018 (Simon Pulse)
Synopsis: Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.
When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.
Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
From Twinkle, with Love takes the form of diary entries by Twinkle, each addressed to one of her favourite female filmmakers whom she hopes to become like someday. Opportunity finds her when Sahil (who also happens to be her crush’s twin brother) asks her to direct a film for a film festival.
Some things I really liked about this book were the variety and diversity of characters, and also the strong emphasis on girl power. I also enjoy Sandhya Menon’s style of storytelling – perfectly paced to keep the reader engaged in the plot.
While Twinkle’s character started out quite interesting, she became quite annoying as the book went on, and outright unbearable at some points as she continued to be obsessed with getting into the popular crowd. What really held the story together and kept me reading in my opinion was Sahil. Rather than Twinkle herself, it was the supporting characters that made the story interesting. It was a little disappointing, in that sense, as the majority of the narration is from Twinkle’s POV. Admittedly, I had rather high expectations of this book after When Dimple Met Rishi, and it fell short. However, it was still a good read, funny and cute while still staying realistic. Eagerly awaiting Menon’s next novel!